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Space Shuttle Discovery and Our New Comrades

None1257 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 12:45 PM
Are we safer with a missile defense system or are we safer without a missile defense system? Should we be spending money on a space program when we spending money we do not have? Where should we spend money, when we are spending money we do not have?
Frank391 Wrote: Apr 22, 2012 1:12 PM
How about we stop spending all monies not authorized by the Constitution?
Jay Wye Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 7:23 PM
without missile defense,our cities are held hostage to nuclear blackmail.
We cannot afford to absorb a single nuclear blast over one of our cities,and we cannot afford to surrender either.
With the advent of nations with unstable or aggressive leadership and their achievement of nuclear arms,and the addition of non-state terrorism and their potential access to such nuclear arms,missile defense makes even more sense.
Jay Wye Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 7:24 PM
Iran's first use of a nuclear bomb may not be over Israel,but the US,an EMP attack.An EMP attack on the US would set us back to 19th century living conditions we are NOT prepared for,and many millions would die from starvation and disease in the first year. It could mean the end of the US. Iran has been testing SCUD launches from containerships,with HIGH altitude detonations characteristic of an EMP attack,and not usable for attacks with conventional warheads . This type of attack is not needed for Israel,Iran's IRBMs already can reach Israel. But with the US crippled or destroyed,Iran is free to do as they please,without any other Western nation able or willing to interfere with them.
Jay Wye Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 7:24 PM
Also note that Iran is building a missile base in Venezuela,putting the US in range of Iran's IRBMs.
Lastly,MAD deterrence only works with RATIONAL players,and Iran's mullahs are not rational.

Watching Space Shuttle Discovery soar over the great American monuments in DC on the back of a 747, gutted and consigned to a museum, brought back wonderful memories of America’s marvelous achievements. Yet it also reminded us it was our triumph in the space war that bankrupted the Soviet Union and created a bitterness they shall never forget.

It was a curious thing when, shortly after Obama’s inauguration, new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, a large red button meant to indicate a “reset” in American-Russian relations. And reset relations, we did.